DEPUTIES: Moonshine Still Found In Martin County

A liquor still, hundreds of gallons of mash and a marijuana growing operation, have been found in Martin County.

It was found yesterday as a six-month investigation lead to a search and discovery of the illegal still and the arrest of a Bethel area man.

69-year-old Ernest Harrell is facing charges of possession and manufacture of non tax paid alcohol, possession of marijuana, manufacturing marijuana, and maintaining a dwelling to keep, store and sell controlled substances.

Martin County deputies say they seized an illegal still, some two pounds of pot and marijuana seeds, a handgun and approximately $3800 in cash.

Deputies say they found 250 gallons of mash, the fermented mixture that's used to create illegal liquor. The still was found in outbuildings at 15994 Highway 11, that's near the Martin-Edgecombe County line.

During an aerial search by the Highway Patrol, two large marijuana plots were found in a wooded area behind the suspect's residence.

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  • by QUESTION Location: SOMEWHERE IN TIME on Jul 14, 2009 at 01:22 PM
  • by VoiceofReason on Apr 2, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    The MCSD received a complaint, they responded. Do you honestly think that amount of alcohol and 2 fields of marijuana were for personal use? Do you think that he checked ID's? Do you know that moonshine made wrong can kill you? The professionals at the MCSD did their job and they do much more than this on a daily basis. What kind of people were hanging around there? Would you want this going on in your neighborhood? Well done MCSD!
  • by who cares Location: wherever on Mar 31, 2009 at 11:38 PM
    Took down a 69 year old dangerous dope dealer! Wow.. I AM IMPRESSED! All by themselves too! Now, lets go do something worthwhile. Maybe go after some REAL criminals?
  • by Law Abiding My Location: USSR on Mar 30, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    Yeah, all you law abiding types have one thing in common...You like putting people in jail and throwing away the key. "Quit breaking the law" and "It's illegal" seems to be their mantra. I see these folks as nothing but blind sheep. There's nothing heroic or honorable about throwing this man in jail and using asset forfeiture laws to take away his life's savings and holdings. If you stand by and allow this to happen because of a non-violent act, then you deserve to be next in line for the "it's the law" witch hunt. The long arm of the law should be for violent offenders, not someone wanting to get high on their own property while staying on their own property. I'm perfect. I never break the law and when I do, I have the perfect excuse for it...I'm perfect. I bet if someone looked hard enough...Little miss, Little miss, can't be wrong.... Law abiding my....
  • by Happytaxpayer on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:39 PM
    Our whole contry and our local communities are held together by a relatively few number of people who care. People who live by a code and will make sacrafices to keep others safe. The Men and Women of the MCSD are in that group. keep up the good work and stay safe!
  • by just me Location: Martin Co. on Mar 27, 2009 at 07:27 AM
    To GET REAL! ... It seems to me that you are tending to their (Members of the MCSD) business by making that comment. Maybe you should follow your own advice. What are you doing to make things better in Martin County?
  • by GET REAL! Location: Martin County on Mar 26, 2009 at 06:43 PM
    i know alot of people in the MCSD that do things that people wouldn't want others to know i think everyone needs to get a life and tend to yourself thats what wrong with MC no one can tend to their own s**t!!
  • by tyler Location: williamston on Mar 26, 2009 at 03:37 PM
    your webstite is awesome !!!!
  • by Craig Location: G-Vegas on Mar 26, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    I am going to construct one of these. I think it would be a good idea to produce ethanol for personal use. Put the oil companies out of business. If he don't raise the pot he wouldn't have got caught.
  • by LawAbidingCitizen Location: Williamston on Mar 26, 2009 at 09:03 AM
    He knew the risk. He got caught. The laws will be enforced by the MCSD. If you break the in Martin County, sooner or later you will be arrested and prosecuted. They don't make the laws, they enforce them. Way to go MCSD! Chalk another one up for the good guys!

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